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Top 7 AI and Robotics Inventions of this year

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Top 7 AI and Robots Inventions of this year

Robotics engineering has taken a long path ahead in 2018 and although the year has not ended, there have been exciting instances of what the future possibilities of robotics may look like. The most influential robotic inventions that have been unveiled this year prove to have a potential to change the way mankind transacts, shops or goes about the daily chores. Here are the most enthralling Robotic Inventions of 2018 that can help put together a picture of where the future of the industry lies.

1. Ubtech Robotics Walker

Ubtech has been a pioneer in the industry with its humanoid robots, including an Alexa-enabled robot that can perform yoga too. However, the robot Ubtech previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) expo is its most ambitious project.

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2. ForwardX CX-1 Robotics Suitcase

CES 2018 showcased a notable tech the first smart suitcase custom built to follow the owner. Recently unveiled ForwardX CX-1now called as Ovis is an autonomous piece of luggage designed to follow you around as you make your way from point A to B, and everywhere in between. Smart Technology isn’t it! This autonomous suitcase has been commercially launched in Indiegogo (international crowd-funding website to buy unique products), with early bird pricing beginning at $399.  The robotic suitcase has been implanted with a pair of eyes and brain and represents a meeting between a wheeled gadget and computer vision, armed with the intelligence and cognition to tackle complex problems like predicting the user’s path while avoiding obstacles.

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3. Somnox Sleep Robot

Do you have irregular sleeping cycles? Do you toss and turn, read for hours to finally catch a nap? What about an assisted sleeping robot that may help your way to sleep? Surprised? Well, Somnox’s sleep robot can actually do that. The Somnox sleep bot looks more like a massive peanut; you hug it, to feel the soft rise and fall of its body, mimicking the users breathing. This calming effect is programmed to lull the user to sleep, as the breathing begins to match the slower pace of the robot’s own, while the soothing sounds help to relax the mind.

4. Boston Dynamics SpotMini

Boston Dynamics, known to come up with uncannily agile robots, has unveiled its first commercial product to market, a small, dog-like robot it calls the SpotMini.

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5. RoboMart: 

Robomart is the world’s first driving store, and makes trips to the grocery store a thing of the past. Robomart is an AI-assisted autonomous vehicle programmed to bring you foodstuffs to order. The robot is a blessing to food retailers who can lease the technology, and autonomously fulfill online grocery orders at a speed of up to 25 miles per hour. Robomart’s pilot launch is scheduled this summer for the Bay Area in California.

6. Sophia

Although Sophia the humanoid has been the talk amongst robotic circles, and there have been iterations in previous years, it was at the 2018 CES that Sophia made it to the news. Sophia is the brainchild of Hong Kong’s Hanson Robotics and is one of the most impressive displays of empathetic artificial intelligence and smart technology.

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7. Kuri

Kuri looks bright for a massive adoption with its pre-orders already starting to ship. The robot is full of features, including its ability to answer questions and monitor the user’s home which works on an array of sensors. Simple in design and useful around the house, it seems likely that Kuri is the first robot that may soon become a reality in everyday life.

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Lenovo S5 Pro launched in China

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Lenovo S5 Pro launched in China

Lenovo has become active this month, especially in the current week. After launching new budget phones in India earlier this week, it launched another mid-range device, but this time in China, on Thursday. The company unveiled its S5 Pro smartphone, a mid-range camera-specific device aimed at consumers wanting better camera pictures along with other great features.

Design, Specs, and Camera

The S5 Pro has a metal unibody design. It has a 6.18inch IPS LCD Full HD+ display (with a resolution of 1080x2246p), having an aspect ratio of 18.7:9.

The performance is taken care of by Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 636 processor, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone has a dual hybrid SIM slot to expand the capacity. There will be another variant too, with 6GB RAM/128GB option, which will be unveiled later. It runs on Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box skinned in Lenovo’s own ZUI 5.0, which provides split-multitasking and dual accounts for specific apps. You can have 4 different accounts for a single app!

The phone has a decent 3,500mAh battery and also has a Type-C port.

Coming onto the camera department, then the S5 Pro houses a dual-rear camera setup of 12MP (f/1.8 aperture) plus a 20MP telephoto lens (f/2.6 aperture), for 2x zooming. The rear camera can shoot 4K videos @30fps.

On the front, there is a large 20MP (Sony sensor) selfie camera, inside the notch-yes there is notch too. The front camera can also take portraits, while the video shooting capability is up to 1080p. There is also a 3D face scanner which not has an AI face unlock feature but also helps in making the selfies even more better in terms of quality, according to the company.

Price

In China the S5 Pro will be shipped from October 21st 2018. It costs around CNY 1,300 for the 6GB/64GB model (around $190) which translates to about Rs.13,947.

The higher storage version of 128GB internal capacity is not available at this time. It will be arriving later. There was also no news on whether there will be an India variant of the S5 Pro or not.

Lenovo S5 Pro – Price, Full Specifications & Features

Launch DateNovember 28, 2018 (Expected)
BrandLenovo
ModelS5 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid v8.1 (Oreo)
Custom UI
ZUI
SIM Slot(s)
Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM Size
SIM1: Nano
SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
3G: Available, 2G: Available
Fingerprint Sensor
yes
Quick Charging
yes
Height154.5 mm
Width75.4 mm
Thickness7.7 mm

Very Good 
Weight170 grams

Below Average 
ColoursIce Blue, Pure Gold, Crystal Black
Screen Size
6.2 inches (15.75 cm)
Screen Resolution
1080 x 2246 pixels
Aspect Ratio18.7:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density
402 ppi

Best in Class 
Display Type
IPS LCD
Touch Screenyes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)
83.05 %
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Processor
Octa core (1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260 + 1.6 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260)
Architecture
64 bit
Graphics
Adreno 509
RAM
6 GB
Internal Memory
64 GB

Expandable Memory
yes Up to 256 GB
Resolution12 MP + 20 MP Dual Primary Cameras

Very Good 
SensorCMOS image sensor
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF1.8
Flashyes LED Flash
Image Resolution4000 x 3000 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, 2 x Optical Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording3840×2160 @ 30 fps
Resolution20 MP + 8 MP Dual Front Cameras
Physical ApertureF2.2
Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
Video Recording1920×1080 @ 30 fps
Capacity
3500 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
no No
Quick Charging
yes Fast
SIM Size
SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support
4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTE
yes
SIM 1
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 2100(band 34) / 1900(band 39) 
FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 1900(band 2) / 850(band 5) / 800(band 20)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
GPRS:
Available
EDGE:
Available
SIM 2
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 2100(band 34) / 1900(band 39) 
FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 1900(band 2) / 850(band 5) / 800(band 20)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
GPRS:
Available
EDGE:
Available
Wi-Fiyes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Features
Mobile Hotspot
Bluetooth
yes v5.0
GPS
yes with A-GPS
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
USB Type-C
yes (Doesn`t support micro-USB)
Fingerprint Sensor
yes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other Sensors
Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope

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Asus Launches New Phones in India: Zenfone Max 1 and Zenfone Lite L1

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Asus Launches New Phones in India: Zenfone Max 1 and Zenfone Lite L1

Asus launched two new phones in India, on Wednesday, namely the Zenfone Max 1 and Zenfone Lite L1. The phones are targeted towards the budget customers. The phones will also compete with Xiaomi’s cheaper phones, especially the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6, in budget categories, mainly under the Rs.10,000 range.

Zenfone Max 1 Specs

The phone comes with a 5.45inch HD+ display (having a resolution of 1440x720p), protected with a 2.5D curved glass. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card). For better duration of usage it also has a large 4,000mAh battery.

When it comes to camera, the Max 1 has a 13MP lens on the rear (f/2.0), with PDAF, while on the front, there is a 8MP lens (f/2.0).

For security, the phone also has a fingerprint sensor that works fine. It runs on the Android Oreo 8.0 out-of-the-box (layered in Asus ZenUI 5).

Zenfone Lite L1

This one also has a 5.45inch HD+ display and it’s also powered by the same chipset like the Zenfone Max 1, which is Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. The battery on this one is of 3,000mAh, which is decent considering the price range.

For taking good photos and selfies, there is a rear camera of 13MP (f/2.0) with PDAF and a front camera of 5MP with flash. Although it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor, but, it does have the face unlock feature which works decently, if not very quickly.

Zenfone Lite L1 runs on Android Oreo 8.0 out-of-the-box (also layered in Asus ZenUI 5).

Price

Both the phones will be exclusively available on the online portal Flipkart and will go on sale during the upcoming Flipkart Festive Dhamaka Sale.

As per the launch deal, the Zenfone Max 1 will be available for Rs.7,499 while the Zenfone Lite L1 will be priced for Rs.5,999.

After the launch deal expires, both the phones will be priced for Rs.8,999 (for Zenfone Max 1) and Rs.6,999 (for Zenfone Lite L1), respectively.

Well, good news is for the Reliance Jio users, who will get an additional Rs.2,200 cashback plus 50GB data, on the purchase of any of the two phones.

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Lenovo K9 with Quad Cameras and A5 launched in India: Full Specs and Price revealed

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Lenovo, after a long period of void, finally launched new phones in India, yesterday. The launch event took place in Delhi. The company has gone for the mid-range and budget segment this time also (which it usually targets), unveiling two new phones, Lenovo K9 (the successor to the last year’s K8) and Lenovo A5.

Lenovo K9 Specs

Firstly talking about the Lenovo K9, then the highlight of this phone is the Quad Camera setup-that is, dual rear and dual front cameras.

The K9 comes with a 5.70inch HD+ display, having an aspect ratio of 18:9 and protected by 2.5D glass. For performance and daily tasks it’s got a MediaTek’s MT6762 (or simply HelioP22) octa-core processor, clocking at 2.0GHz. It is a good and efficient chip. The RAM is 3GB and internal capacity is 32GB.

When it comes to connectivity, then the K9 really surprised everyone having a Type-C port for charging and file transfer, since very few phones offer a Type-C option in budget range. There is also the option of expanding storage, with a microSD card slot which can push the capacity up to 128GB. The phone also supports dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth, and also has a 3.5mm audio jack.

The battery is not very large but decent one, at 3,000mAh. Though, the previous version, Lenovo K8, had a huge 4,000mAh battery.

The phone runs on Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box, layered in Lenovo’s own ZUI theme. Sensors include the ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, and a fingerprint sensor too.

But as mentioned above, the highlight of the phone is the camera setup. It has a dual rear camera setup on the back as well as on the front. On both sides, there are 13MP+5MP lenses-and both of them have flash support. Both cameras support portrait feature which can also be adjusted while taking a picture.

Lenovo A5 Specs

Lenovo K9 with Quad Cameras and A5 launched in India: Full Specs and Price revealed

Lenovo A5. Image Source: static.digit.in

There is another budget range phone, which was launched alongside K9, and it is the A5. It comes up with a 5.45inch HD+ IPS display, having an aspect ratio of 18:9.

It is also powered by the MediaTek’s chipset, which is an MT6739 quad-core processor, clocking at 1.5GHz. This phone comes in two variants, one with 3GB of RAM/16GB storage and another one with 3GB of RAM/32 GB storage.

Connectivity includes dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio jack, Micro USB port for charging and data transfer. The storage can also be expanded with a microSD card that can push the storage up to a huge 256GB. Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. There is also a fingerprint sensor. The battery though is a large one at 4,000mAh.

The phone runs on Android Oreo 8.1, skinned with Lenovo’s ZUI 3.9 custom UI.

The A5 has a single rear camera of 13MP (f/2.2 aperture), with autofocus and also monochrome flash. On the front, there is an 8MP lens (f/2.2 aperture).

Lenovo K9 and A5 Price

When it comes to pricing, the Lenovo K9 will be available for Rs.8,999, for the only base variant of 3GB/32GB. The color options will be Blue and Black.

Coming onto the Lenovo A5 then the 3GB/16GB model of the phone will be available for Rs.5,999 while the 3GB/32GB model will be available for Rs.6,999. The color options will be Black and Fine Gold. The phones will be available exclusively on Flipkart.

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